Letters to the Editor

KCI convenience, military reductions, KC streetcar history

KCI, convenience

Many years ago, Kansas City had a convenient downtown airport. Passengers could see their planes come in from high-rise offices, jump in their cars and get to the airport in time to fly out on their plane.

It was convenient. Then a new airport was built miles away from all but a few living north of the river. Kansas City International Airport was not convenient. But we adapted and soon found it to be convenient.

Now Kansas City’s leaders want to update KCI by constructing a single modern terminal. However, some are saying it will not be convenient.

Need I say more?

Pat Binda Overland Park Military reductions

Let me see whether I have this right. Our secretary of defense is suggesting that the United States cut our military to pre-World War II levels.

I guess that’s a good idea, because our president has developed such good relations with all other nations and we no longer have to fear other people, so we can reduce our standing army. Also, we will no longer need some of our warplanes, and can use the scrap aluminum to build more drones.

If you believe this, give me a call because I have islands on the Missouri River for sale — cheap.

Lowell Davis Excelsior Springs KC streetcar history

Does anyone remember why we got rid of streetcars in the 1950s?

Dot Whited Kansas City Uphold Constitution

To the letter writers who ask, “How can we call this a democracy if our votes don’t count?”

Well, we don’t have a democracy in the United States, nor in any of the 50 states.

We have a constitutional republic with a representative form of government. If a majority of people, for example, vote for something that’s either prohibited by or not allowed in the Constitution (federal or state), then it’s incumbent upon our elected representatives to uphold that constitution.

Our elected representatives swear an oath to uphold the Constitution, not the will of the voters, lest a majority of Americans ride roughshod over any given minority. One of the reasons the founders created a constitutional republic instead of a pure democracy was to avoid tyranny of the majority, and the articles and amendments to the Constitution give the government (federal or state) its legislative power, not the vote of some majority.

This illustrates the lack of understanding of our form of government by many (if not most) voters. Now, when those elected representatives ignore the provisions in the Constitution, which they have, then we have a tyrannical government.

But that’s another story.

Joseph Rosberg Fairway Corporate influence

I recently read a book titled “The Crash of 2016” by Thom Hartmann, who describes how the U.S. Supreme Court, over the last hundred years, has been instilling the idea that corporations are people.

This culminated in the Citizens United decision in 2010 and has opened the floodgates to untold amounts of money being secretly funneled to political candidates. This has affected the outcomes of some non-local elections.

For example, if some deep-pocketed individuals, or corporations, say Art Pope of North Carolina, Rex Sinquefield of St. Louis, the Koch brothers from Kansas or ALEC, also known as the American Legislative Exchange Council, were concerned with a city council election in Milwaukee or Spokane, Wash., they could create an opposition entity and fund it.

They could do so covertly, and the influence of the average citizen would be nullified.

ALEC is influential in many local issues (refer to alecexposed.org).

The best way to ensure that dark money is kept out of politics is to amend the U.S. Constitution. Look at the Move to Amend website and learn the issues.

Edward Acosta Olathe Blaming Obama

The “don’t blame President Barack Obama” letters are polarizing. Many say Republicans have publicly stated that their intention was to destroy the president no matter the consequences.

The unsuccessful Republican opposition to bills with thousands of pages, which no one had read or understood, was not an attempt to destroy the president.

One of the consequences of those bills to the nation is building our national debt to $17 trillion.

However, questions about Fast and Furious (gun running to Mexican drug cartels), four dead Americans in Benghazi, Libya, or the Internal Revenue Service targeting of 501(c)(4) applicants who oppose Obama could very well destroy the president.

No one has been held accountable for any of the above.

Indeed, Republicans wanted a one-term Obama. How many Democrats wanted a two-term George W. Bush?

Also, there is the unending Obamacare train wreck. Anyone accountable?

The president’s response to any of the above is that he knew nothing about it.

The death of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, an act of war, did not interfere with Obama’s Las Vegas campaign event the next day.

Jim Kilen Kansas City Democrats’ war chest

Once again, left-wing writers in The Star have come unhinged attacking David and Charles Koch. Let’s take a closer look at the figures and see just who is trying to sway elections with their contributions.

Since the 2000 election cycle, unions have given millions of dollars in political contributions. Of this money, the overwhelming majority has gone to Democratic causes and candidates. Among the biggest contributors have been the carpenters’ union, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.

Since 1989, Koch Industries ranks 59th on the list of biggest political donors..

While examining the figures, take a look at ActBlue. This online clearinghouse for Democrats has bundled more than $100 million, with no money going to Republican candidates.

You see, Democrats have no problem with big money in politics as long as it goes to their candidates.

Todd Scofield Olathe Jobs, good salary

When I was a teenager, I worked a fast-food job for minimum wage to make a little money. My mom worked for Sears as a second income.

Fast-food/retail jobs are for teenagers or people needing a second income. They are not for raising a family.

Even though these employees work hard and deserve to be treated better, most are unskilled and uneducated, lacking a high school diploma or college degree. Workers who make $15 a hour and didn’t go to college are usually skilled workers who have learned a craft.

I agree that if we pay the unskilled worker $10 an hour we would all pay for it in increased costs. The problem, in my opinion, is a lack of good-paying jobs for undereducated, unskilled laborers.

When I was growing up, this country had manufacturing plants that were unionized, and the jobs paid a wage that a man could raise his family on. Now we have office jobs that you need a college education to get.

If you don’t have an education, your choices are a job in a store making $10 to $12 an hour tops or in the food industry making minimum wage.

We need to bring manufacturing and the unions back to this country or we will continue to subsidize the low-income earners.

Jennie Sindak Overland Park Kudos to The Star

I am the grandmother of a 12-year-old Boy Scout, Alex Stark, who wrote a letter to The Kansas City Star as one requirement to earn a communications merit badge.

The vice president for advertising, Julie Terry, responded to Alex’s letter, and I wanted to let people know how impressed we were with her reply. It was obvious she devoted a great deal of time and effort to compose a letter providing some interesting statistics about The Star and explaining the positive aspects of advertising.

You are fortunate to have an employee who represents your paper in such a positive manner. We truly appreciated her response to Alex.

Janice Walker Lenexa